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File:Boston Public Library main stairs McKim 07092014.jpg|thumb|Looking down at the entrance stairway to the McKim Building (2014) The '''Boston Public Library''' is a municipal public library system in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, founded in 1848. The Boston Public Library is also the Library for the Commonwealth (formerly ''library of last recourse'')Declared in 1970 by law. Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 78, Section 19C, paragraph 4 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; all adult residents of the commonwealth are entitled to borrowing and research privileges, and the library receives state funding. The Boston Public Library contains approximately 23 million items encompassing all formats including books, DVDs, CDs, maps, music scores, microfilm, manuscripts, prints and other visual materials, and electronic resources, making it the third-largest public...
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CountryUnited States
TypePublic
Established1852
LocationBoston, Massachusetts
Coordinates{{coord|42|20|57.55|N|71|4|41.78|W|display=inline, title}}
Num branches24
Collection size24,079,520
Annual circulation3.69 million (FY 2013)
Pop served6,547,629
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Media Type
5,112
texts
1
data
Topics & Subjects
289
Boston Public Library
77
genealogy
73
French language
68
Political science
62
Almanacs, American
61
Libraries
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Collection
5,016
American Libraries
4,804
Boston Public Library
3,118
The John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library
1,186
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
160
Government Documents
110
Clavius Favorites
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Creator
381
boston public library
141
adams, john, 1735-1826, former owner. brl
53
voltaire, 1694-1778
44
boston. public library. [from old catalog]
42
boston public library staff association
36
condillac, etienne bonnot de, 1714-1780
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Language
3,342
English
1,313
French
252
Latin
113
Italian
31
Dutch
20
Ancient Greek
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